Pale Ale | Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
14º P, 40 IBU.

Ingredients: Maris Otter, wheat and caramel malt; Northern Brewer and Centenneal hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-08-2004

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of beerdrifter
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Clear yellow-orange pour with a huge fluffy white three finger head with great retention and unbelievable sticky lacing. The nose is initially quite grassy with a touch of lemon, but opens up to some nice subtle citrus and pine notes along with some biscuity caramel malt. The taste is a bit bolder than the nose with lots of tangy citrus up front, eventually giving way to toasty caramel malt. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a subtle tangy, bitter finish. A classic interpretation of a Pale Ale.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I got a single bottle of this from Binny's in Plainfield, IL. Pours what I would call a port-a-potty brown color with a long lasting off white head. The scent is extremely malty mixed with other grains; I did not find the scent appealing at all. Taste was malty with a hoppy finish with some citrus mixed in. Thankfully the taste was a lot better than the look or smell. Normally my ratings are right on with the beer advocate average, but this time I would rate this beer far below. At least it was good getting to try a beer from Norway.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So Nøgne Ø makes a plain old pale ale. Who knew? No, you didn't. That's a lie, that was totally a scoop by me.

Pours a vibrant amber, slight russet tinge, with overly generous head that I've forgive for its exuberance because it looks great. Beige, pale, foamy and dense with uneven sinking, slow and clingy all the way down. A cradle of beauty; looks excellent.

Smell is rich and hoppy, almost IPA in stature. Toffee malt front with large resiny hop oil aroma and a hint of lemon zest and pineapple to take the edge off. Slight spicy bitterness at the back. A bit big and hoppy for a pale, but still pleasant.

Taste is far toastier than expected, and I'd certainly sense it's showing its 7 months of age, but the bottle claims quality through 2014 - and who am I to argue with advertising copy? Has a slightly overcooked toffee malt flavour giving way to spicy and resiny hop oils, bitter with a slight bubblegum sweetness on the late-mid. Finishes English, sort of a smooth, flat bitterness without a lot of the piquant arrogance of the American hops I know are in here. Quite palatable in spite of it losing some of its sheen.

Body is OK for a pale, it foams up a bit but leaves a bit empty. I'd like more dryness or more pop in the mouth itself.

Decent pale ale that I do think is definitely past its peak. I dread to think if a newbie genuinely thinks it's worth cellaring this for 3 years. I mean, at 6% it won't be undrinkable but it will have dwindled to bland cardboardy malt by then. If you are storing a bottle, make sure the conditions are ice-cold, dark and preferably air-tight.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours nicely slightly opaque orangey brown in colour with a good frothy head.

Aromas are hoppy with a hint of orange zest and lifted spice??

Smooth and lighter than expected on the palate with good clean flavours of hoppy orange zest and slight malty carmel edge.

Not the crispest of Pale ales but refreshing enough to make me think i might like on a sunny day.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. There are some floaties in this beer. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste is different, hops are present, a somewhat medicinal flavor, a touch of citrus. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark amber color with a finger of off white head. Ok retention. Some lacing.

S- big robust hoppy aromas with big pine, orange citrus and a woody notes. Soft nutty malt aromas with the wheat coming out as well. Finishes all floral and leafy hop aromas.

T- great balance between malt and hops. Cracker pale malt and wheat flavors hit the palate at first. Floral leafy hop flavor hits with a round hop bitterness. Finishes very dry with notes of pine and yellow grapefruit. The wheat and leafy hops linger on the palate on the aftertaste.

MF- slick full mouthfeel with average carbonation and a medium body.

D- very drinkable.

Overall a very solid APA

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3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Colour evokes lemon and orange. Decent head and lacing. Substantial sediment.

Lots of lemon in the aroma and some initial skunk. Occasionally some yeast but not much malt to speak of.

Taste has more lemon flavours and a decent amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thick with moderate-high carbonation.

Overall a competent pale ale but a bit neither here nor there for me. Easy drinking, hides the ABV (6%) but perhaps a bit too textbook for my liking. Mikkeller's pale ales at the recent event generally had far more complex hop profiles.

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4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - slightly clouder, dark golden, thick, slightly fluffy head that sticks around

s - vaugely doughy, slightly sweet smell

t - yum! nice biscuity malty base, cut through with a surprisingly sharp set of hoppy citrusy delicious

m - nicely carbonated, moderately thick but easy to drink

Really good beer, doesn't taste overly alcoholic but the 6% isn't a surprise either. One of the best in the style I've had. Lovely stuff.

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3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goldenrod with lumpy snow white head that sheets. Straight Centennial orange nose with some proofing bread dough underneath. Whole wheat toast and peanut with juicy Sunkist citrus hops. Bitter pith finish and dry linger. Wood oil hops come out as it warms. Sediment at the end. Light, crisp, some stick.

Not hugely complex, but darn tasty and very quaffable. Gets full value out of the 40 IBUs. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Don't know if it's worth import prices, though.

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3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle...

Appearance: Deep hazy orange rising into a reddish orange with a 2 finger fluff head that dissipates leaving blotchy lacing.

Smell: Nose is a tricky one with hop notes peaking through a citrus fruit aura.

Taste: Comes through rather plainly with the malt making a forefront appearance and the hops subtly attempting to push through but weakly so. Finishes with a bitter tastelessness.

Mouthfeel: An almost watered down medium body with plenty of carbonation. Really weird.

Overall: This beer is nothing like any pale ale I have tried before. With it's look of an almost double imperial IPA to it's oddly rich malt off-taste.. I will say I wont be having this one again.

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3.09/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Hazy light honey color with a thick 3 finger cloud-like head.

S: Sadly, I don't get much on the nose with this one. A slight hop character but it is very feint.

T: Citrusy hop character and a nice malt base give this beer a nice flavor. The finish is all citrus.

M: Medium bodied and lots of carbonation, this has a nice mouthfeel.

D: Quite drinkable despite 6% ABV

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy caramel-amber, with a huge white head of foam. Heavy, but uneven lace.

Nose is fruity hops. Appealing enough.

Taste impression shows sour grapefruit. Definitely a citrus hops profile, with some pine accents. This is a bitter and chewy brew -- tasty, but not as balanced as I'd like.

As it stands, a solid, but not wholly a standout, pale ale.

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Pale Ale from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 167 ratings